Serck Heat Transfer, the Birmingham-based engineer which was the subject of an institutional buyout from BTR last autumn, has appointed Ken Markham as change manager. He was previously at the BTR group having also worked at Dennis Specialist Vehicles. Markham spent 12 years in the RAF, qualifying as an Incorporated Engineer in mechanical/ production engineering. He is now charged with re- engineering the firm and implementing an integrated computer system.
Troubled Northern Irish engineer Powerscreen has appointed John Kennerley as its new finance director, replacing Brian Kearney, acting finance director since April. Kennerley was formerly the finance director of food processing equipment maker APV, taken over by Siebe last year. He is expected to set up a system of internal financial controls after a report from accountant KPMG found serious shortcomings.
Kearney is to join the board as a non-executive director at Powerscreen. He took over from Barry Cosgrove, who left in March. The moves follow revelations about accounting problems at Matbro, a subsidiary of Powerscreen, and an investigation of the firm by the Serious Fraud Office.
Surbjit Nagra has been appointed managing director of automotive parts manufacturer LuK (UK). He was recently production manager at LuK’s Sheffield plant, and has just completed a Cranfield Management Fellowship.
Robert Berriman is now managing director of SAS, the St Helens-based air and gas engineering specialist.
Berriman has 18 years management experience of the process industries and was previously involved in the chemical and petrochemical industries.
Advance Surface Treatments of Coventry, which specialises in zinc alloy plating, has appointed John Comer as works manager of its Zinic division. He was formerly the quality manager.
John Magilton has been appointed by Du Pont as regional director for engineering polymers in Europe, in addition to his assignment as global director of human resources.
He takes over from Edward Donnelly, who returns to Wilmington as global director of planning for Du Pont Automotive.
Norfolk-based Lotus Cars has promoted Russell Carr as design manager at Lotus Design.
He was previously head of exterior design at Lotus, and was involved at the concept stage of the Elise.
Carr takes over in August when head of design Julian Thomson leaves the company to join the design centre of the Volkswagen-Audi-Seat Group in Barcelona, Spain.
Sir Geoffrey Pattie, GEC Marconi’s chairman, has succeeded David Wright, managing director of GKN Aerospace and Special Vehicles, as chairman of the Defence Manufacturers Association, representing more than 370 companies.
Platon Instrumentation has appointed Mark Howarth as general manager of its Basingstoke factory. He has had sales and marketing jobs with Peek Measurement and Fisher Rosemount.